IDC just released a Microsoft-sponsored whitepaper on the business value of Windows 7. They found that in just seven months (a convenient number) companies started seeing a payback with an ROI of 375%. Apparently there’s a 43-hour average savings per user per year. Not too shabby!
As far as security goes, I’ve been a big fan of Windows 7 for a while now, but I’ve been an even bigger fan of how much Windows 7 has improved my productivity. So I can attest to the numbers in IDC’s whitepaper. If anything, just the “Show desktop” button – now located in the lower right-hand corner of the screen – has saved me a ton of time flipping back and forth to my desktop while I work. I don’t even have to look for it now but rather take my mouse and ram it down to the lower right and click. It works every time.
Also, the concept of libraries and the general browsing of different folders has made my folder clicks so much more efficient. I know it doesn’t sound like much but as in the world of auto racing, thousandths of a second count and add up big time over the long haul.
Sure, Windows 7 has its quirks and still isn’t the perfect OS, but I’ll take it over what we’ve had in the past any day!
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Kevin Beaver is an independent information security consultant, keynote speaker, and expert witness with Principle Logic, LLC and a contributor to the IT Watch Blog.